Wildlife Estates: What's the Price?

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22 May 2009

Prices for freehold stands in Hoedspruit wildlife estates range from an affordable R500k to R2m for the most exclusive ones.

So says Barry Scott-Brown, principal for Pam Golding Properties' (PGP) Hoedspruit Wildlife Properties, who adds that "freehold is still very popular and these sales dominate the market, while syndicate-ownership is still playing second-fiddle".

Andre Nel, who heads up CENTURY 21's Hoedspruit office, says wildlife estates are by definition secure game farms with access control and perimeter game fencing.

"They are generally divided into stands of around 1ha with no fences between them, allowing game to traverse freely across the land. Separated by game tracks, woodlands and watering holes, each stand ensures privacy and security."

"Estimates are that up to 40% of the numerous wildlife estates in this area have been acquired by overseas investors and owner-occupiers, while discerning South Africans have also bought into the lifestyle," says Nel.

Scott-Brown says although local buyers still comprise the vast majority of wildlife estate buyers, foreign buyers from Denmark, Britain, France and the Netherlands are increasing rapidly.

Nel says buyers have a wide choice of estate types, varying from those stocked with the Big Five to more benign game populations, like buck, which allow their human "guests" to wander freely.

The area is characterised by classic bushveld and is typically rolling terrain with rare indigenous fauna and flora. The northern Drakensberg serves as the backdrop and the powerful Oliphants and Blyde rivers provide the lifeblood to this true piece of Africa.

"The estates are also well-served by roads and there are a number of airports including Kruger Park International near Nelspruit, and the local Eastgate Airport, recently upgraded with international status to take wide-bodied aircraft," Nel notes. - Eugene Brink

For more information contact Lindie Bow on 011 884 2202 or click here to visit the website.

For more information contact Barry Scott-Brown on 015 793 0639.

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